The SG Special featured two single-coil P-90 pickups until 1972, thereafter having two mini-humbuckers (1972-78), and two regular humbuckers on the redesigned 1985 model. The first two years sported more rounded-pointing horns on the body. The model also featured a dotted neck and smaller pickguard.
Carlos Santana brought the Special more attention when he brought one onstage at Woodstock.
Pricing: For the original model 1959 to 1978, prices depend upon age and, of course, original condition. 1959 SG Specials can bring between $6500.00 to $8000.00; later-year models $1,150.00 to $1,500.00. A substantial amount must be subtracted if the cherry finish has faded to brown.